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Chamberlain man charged with choking woman

Police lights. (Republic file photo)
Police lights. (Republic file photo)

CHAMBERLAIN -- A Chamberlain man has been arrested for allegedly choking a woman during a fight earlier this month.

Matthew Sherman, 29, is charged with domestic aggravated assault, a Class 3 felony. If convicted, he could face up to 15 years in prison.

On Aug. 3, Chamberlain police responded to a Park Drive residence for a reported domestic disturbance. When they arrived at the scene, police determined that a physical assault involving Sherman and a woman had taken place the previous morning.

According to court documents, the woman was found to have scratch marks on her neck and bruises on her arms, and she complained of neck pain from being choked.

The woman reportedly said she and Sherman had gotten into a fight, during which he pushed her onto a bed, causing her head to hit the headboard, then held her mouth shut with one hand and held her neck with the other, causing her to temporarily lose consciousness before she pointed a knife at Sherman.

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Sherman told police he pushed the woman onto the bed because she had been hitting him, and he denied choking her. A child who witnessed the incident allegedly corroborated the woman's story.

Police determined that Sherman had been the predominant aggressor in the fight, and he was placed under arrest and taken to jail.

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